“At 88 degrees, Seattle breaks heat record as wildfires and smoke spread” – excerpts only

By Mike Reicher and Taylor Blatchford, Seattle Times staff reporters for The Seattle Times on 17SEP22

“Seattle broke the record Sunday for the hottest temperature this late in the year, as heat-driven wildfires threatened homes in Southwest Washington and continued to send smoke across the region.

“Still, hope remained for a slight cooling overnight.

“The official high reached 88 degrees Sunday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, making it the latest day in the calendar year at or above 80 degrees on record, National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Michalski said.

“The previous record at Sea-Tac, set Oct. 14, 1961, was 80 degrees.

“Sunday’s temperature also eclipsed the previous record high temperature for Oct. 16: 72 degrees, set in 2018…”